AquaX is the fastest growing personal watercraft championship in the world. Its rapid growth is owed to a simple, yet challenging race format that appeals to todays personal watercraft users.
This year the program will include the unveiling of a professional level race series and expansion of two further championships in the Great Lakes region of the USA and in Southeast Asia.
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I'm extremely confident I can win my first moto and weekend there (St. Pete Beach) to help turn the tide in the points standings.
'The Eagle', who has been a consistent performer at the head of the AquaX standings for many years now, made the switch from Kawasaki to Yamaha in the off season and has big plans for taking his first ever AquaX Pro Series title.
However, MacClugage proved why he is the best of the best in tough conditions at Daytona Beach last month to take all three races and will take all the catching as heads to St. Pete Beach with a 33 point lead.
"Chris is a great rider and has been racing as long as I have been alive," said Francis. "With that said, I proved I can challenge him last year and already this year. I know for a fact I will put pressure on him all season and will not only make him fight to keep the title but I also plan to rip it out his hands late in the season. I want to prove to everyone that the Eagle is far greater than the GOAT."
Daytona Beach was a challenge for many of the riders and whilst Francis says he's faced worse, he still rated it high on his list of tough conditions.
"Daytona was a very tough race weekend but I've raced in over 10ft waves many times in my life, so it wasn't as tough as I have encountered before. On a scale of 1-10 I would give Daytona an eight. It was very challenging but not the worse I've seen."
Speaking about his decision to switch to the Yamaha GP1800, Francis said that whilst he still needs time to adjust to the ski, he's fully confident he's made the right decision.
"The GP1800 is my ski of choice and I will race it all year. I proved in Daytona Beach that I'm very fast but I still have some growing pains to work out as I've raced a Kawasaki for 17 years and only been on the GP for four months.
"The ski is over 250 pounds lighter and is 9 mph faster so there is a lot to get used to. Everyone feels the Kawasaki is the best rough water ski but to be honest I prefer the GP as it's so nimble, but as the race weekend showed I need more time on the ski to be 100%."
St. Pete Beach is new to the AquaX calendar for 2017 but Francis believes his past experience can bring up his first race and race weekend victory of 2017.
"St. Pete is an amazing city and race site. I have raced there since I started racing and I know the area and conditions very well. I'm extremely confident I can win my first moto and weekend there to help turn the tide in the points standings."
St. Pete Beach will be streamed live on Facebook on 17-18 June. Don't miss it!